Sunday, 24 August 2014

A great resource re the Lectionary

Yesterday, the indomitable Fr Z asked if anyone knew of a site that listed the readings on Sundays in the EF alongside those for the OF.

A couple of people kindly pointed him at my series of posts on the Lectionary (follow the Lectionary tag in the sidebar...), but that was not what he was looking for.

So I felt, I suppose, a sense of obligation, and started to compile what he wanted.  However, fortunately, the excellent Matthew Hazell got on with the job rather more quickly, which saved me a lot of time!

The results may be seen here, and are a valuable contribution to the growing resources available to those interested in understanding the liturgical changes.


Matthew said...

Thank you for your kind words, Ben!

I will say that, since I have my EF tables in Word format, it was a simple matter of cutting and pasting the relevant data, then making the table look presentable. :-)

I will say that the table has significant limitations, due to how the liturgical years in the OF and EF work. For example, one has to bear in mind the fact that the date of Easter is variable, which affects the position of some Sundays in Ordinary Time (OF) and the number of Sundays after Epiphany used towards the end of the year (EF). I have started work on a comparative chart for every day in the next liturgical year (2014-15); once that work is done, subsequent years will be easier to tabulate. I'll post the results on my blog when they're done!

What would really be great is a website or program where you can just select a date and easily see the readings for that date in the OF and EF (along with references to other days where those readings/verses occur) - similar to Universalis, but for the lectionary. However, until I learn Javascript or something similar, I'm not the person to program that!

Sixupman said...

The new Lectionary was used as a major weapon in killing off the millions of laity missals and the TLM.